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A study of the glazing techniques and provenances of Tang sancai glazes using elemental and lead isotope analyses

Shen, J. Y.; Henderson, J.; Evans, J.; Chenery, S.; Zhao, F. Y.

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Authors

J. Y. Shen

JULIAN HENDERSON julian.henderson@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Archaeological Science

J. Evans

S. Chenery

F. Y. Zhao



Abstract

© 2018 The Authors Archaeometry published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of University of Oxford This study discusses the elemental compositions and lead isotope ratios of Tang sancai glazes unearthed from the Huangpu kiln, Huangye kiln and two Tang sancai tomb sites. The various glazes feature distinct lead isotope ratios and trace element characteristics, which can be interpreted as evidence for the use of different lead ore deposits and siliceous raw materials in the glazes. This is a strong indication that lead isotopes combined with trace element analysis could be used as a viable approach for identifying the provenance of Tang sancai of unknown origin by linking them to kiln sites, This provenance technique could be significant in the interpretation of ancient ceramic trade and communication patterns. In this study, the provenance of several Tang sancai glazes of uncertain origin were determined using this method: some Tang sancai wares unearthed in Xi'an City were produced in the kiln near Luoyang City and then traded to Xi'an City, providing an idea of ancient Tang sancai ceramic trade routes.

Citation

Shen, J. Y., Henderson, J., Evans, J., Chenery, S., & Zhao, F. Y. (2019). A study of the glazing techniques and provenances of Tang sancai glazes using elemental and lead isotope analyses. Archaeometry, 61(2), 358-373. https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12436

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 19, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 23, 2018
Publication Date Apr 1, 2019
Deposit Date Dec 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Dec 11, 2018
Journal Archaeometry
Print ISSN 0003-813X
Electronic ISSN 1475-4754
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 61
Issue 2
Pages 358-373
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/arcm.12436
Keywords Archaeology; History
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1370145
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/arcm.12436

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